Takeaway Guest Host Daljit Dhaliwal currently hosts Foreign Exchange, a Washington, D.C.,-based weekly international affairs program seen on PBS.
She has covered many of the major international news stories of the last 10 years at the BBC, CNN, ITN and on PBS, and has interviewed a number of newsmakers, among them Yasser Arafat, Benazir Bhutto, Gerry Adams, Madeline Albright, Shimon Perez, Ehud Olmert, Vincente Fox, Sergei Lavrov and Charles Taylor.
From 2002 to 2004, Daljit was based in Atlanta, where she anchored CNN International's Your World Today, a daily, two-hour live news broadcast, and hosted the weekend edition of World Report, CNN's longest running program. She made her American television debut in 1996 as anchor for the daily World News for Public Television, seen throughout the United States. Daljit was also a regular co-anchor for ITN's prime-time network newscast Channel Four News and a prime-time anchor for ITN's 24-hour news channel. While at ITN, she also anchored World Focus, a weekly international news program. Before working for ITN, Daljit was an anchor for BBC World and before that a local TV news reporter for the BBC, which included an assignment in Northern Ireland pre-ceasefire. She has moderated several United Nations conferences in New York and The Hague.
Daljit has hosted WIDE ANGLE, the Emmy Award-winning international documentary PBS series, and has appeared as a guest host of numerous public broadcasting news and interview programs, including Charlie Rose, On the Media and The Brian Lehrer Show. She lives in New York.
Chrysler is getting another chance to rewrite its business plan and this time it's with Fiat, the Italian car company known for zippy sports cars that are far from that of Detroit V-8 engines. This is Fiat's way of breaking into the American auto industry and Chrysler's way of keeping its cars on the roadway.
Mexican officials announced this week a total shutdown of the entire country in response to the outbreak of influenza A H1-N1, better known as the swine flu. Offices, restaurants, schools, and soccer stadiums will be closed from Friday through Tuesday. Joining The Takeaway is Gustavo Arellano, a writer for the OC Weekly in Orange County, California. He also writes the blog Ask A Mexican.
This week news congealed around three stories: The swine flu outbreak, Senator Specter’s departure from the Republican Party and President Obama’s first 100 days in office. But in a world where there are over six and a half billion people, why aren't more stories covered?
Everybody is trying to do their part to reduce the effects of climate change. But most of us are also probably hoping for some major shifts in our energy infrastructure to make the biggest differences. But a group of scientists in California would like to see the Department of Energy back a relatively simple idea: lightening up the colors of our rooftops and roads to reduce the energy that our homes and land absorb.
Justice David Souter is planning to retire after more than 19 years on the Supreme Court, giving President Obama his first chance to fill a vacancy. What was Souter known for, and what will his retirement mean for the Supreme Court? To answer these questions on The Takeaway is Nate Persily, a professor of law and political science at Columbia University. He was at the Supreme Court this week watching the events unfurl.
"I think it's likely that he's going to get three pics. I think Justice Ginsberg and Justice Stevens are likely to retire in the next three years. At least those two." —Columbia law and political science professor Nate Persily on Obama's Supreme Court picks.
Hundreds of schools nationwide received unexpected vacation days this week for thousands of school kids because of concerns about swine flu. In Fort Worth, Texas, all 144 schools were closed because of a suspected swine flu case.
Joining The Takeaway is Monica Davey, the Chicago bureau chief for The New York Times,
and Clint Bond, spokesperson for The Fort Worth Independent School District to talk about the various reactions nationwide towards how to deal with swine flu concerns that are affecting our daily lives.
This Saturday marks the 135th running of The Kentucky Derby. If you don't know anything about the Kentucky Derby, except that women wear big hats and spectators drink mint juleps then you're missing out, because there's so much more to the Derby than that. Like how people choose which horse to bet on, how much a jockey can weigh and why mint juleps are a waste of good bourbon.
Jennie Rees, is a reporter for the Courier Journal, she's covered horse racing for over 25 years and she joins The Takeaway from the back side of Church Hill Downs.
Watch favored horse "I Want Revenge" train for the Derby in the video below.
Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. It was the first major automaker since Studebaker in 1933 to attempt to restructure under bankruptcy. Three years later, Studebaker emerged from bankruptcy and managed to stay alive for a few more decades until 1966. Joining The Takeaway is Rebecca Lindland from Global Insight, a financial forecasting company; and Robert Farago, a blogger for The Truth About Cars.
"When you go under the knife and under anesthesia, there's always complications. The longer the surgery lasts, the less likely the patients going to survive.And the same thing can be said about this bankruptcy idea." —Rebecca Lindland, director of Automotive Research for the Americas, on Chrysler's bankruptcy
The World Health Organization announced yesterday that they no longer will be referring to swine flu as the "swine flu" after receiving constant pressure from the meat industry. Its new name, "influenza A (H1N1)" doesn't necessarily roll off the tongue. Grant Barrett, a lexicographer and the co-host of the public radio show "A Way with Words," joins The Takeaway.
The spokeswoman for Houston's Department of Health and Human Services, Kathy Barton, told the Houston Chronicle a few details about the child who succumbed to the flu, marking the first death in the United States from the H1N1 virus. It was revealed that the child was from Mexico, had become ill in Brownsville, Texas, and was transported to Houston for treatment. The child died Monday in an unidentified Houston hospital. There have been no reported Houston-area cases of the disease, so far. It's the first death outside of Mexico, where the outbreak first began. And out of the 65 confirmed cases of swine flu in the U.S., most of them are mild. The CDC still has to release more details, but for we go to Dr. Susan Fisher-Hoch. She's a former CDC staffer, an epidemiologist at University of Texas School of Public Health, and co-author of the book, Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC.
Senator Arlen Specter shocked the political scene yesterday when he announced that after 29 years as a Republican, he was switching teams. His move puts the Democrats in position to have an almost filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Today Arlen Specter was greeted with open arms by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us with an update from the press conference.
The first death from swine flu outside of Mexico occurred this morning in the United States when a toddler died from the flu. The flu is spreading across the globe. Germany confirmed three cases of swine flu on Wednesday, becoming the third European country hit by the disease. New Zealand's swine flu total rose to 14 and there are reported cases in Scotland, Spain, France, and Israel. To put this in perspective, we return to epidemiologist Dr. Richard Wenzel, who is Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The outbreak of swine flu is spreading across the globe, with cases confirmed from Mexico to Israel to New Zealand. Fears of a pandemic have prompted many nations, including ours, to ramp up security at land and air border crossings. As with any crisis involving national security, officials are considering all sorts of new technology to solve the problem. In Malaysia and Thailand, they're using high-tech thermal scanners to scan for swine flu. You pass through one at an airport, and it can determine if you’ve got a fever. So what technology are we using here at home? And is this going to help curb the spread of the flu? To help us answer these questions, The Takeaway is joined by Guy Martin, Senior Correspondent for Security for Conde Nast Traveller.
What to name the flu that is raising alarms across the globe is becoming a complex issue. See, pork producers object to use of the name "swine flu", particularly in light of the fact that the virus has not been conclusively found in pigs and seems to include DNA of the human and avian flu. But calling the bug "Mexican flu" or "North American influenza" irks others, despite falling in with a long medical tradition of naming bugs after the regions where they were first found. Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, seems determined to call it the "H1N1 virus," which doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. To talk us through the global challenge of naming the flu is Keith Bradsher of the New York Times.
The Center for Disease Control has just confirmed the first swine flu-related death in the United States. Despite the CDC's warning that deaths would occur in the United States, the news is still shocking. For how, or if, this death changes the discussion, we turn to Dr. Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, a former CDC staffer, now an epidemiologist at the University of Texas School of Public Health and co-author of the book, Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC.
To assess President Obama’s first 100 days, we’re going to the experts—the men and women who thought long and hard about his qualifications: the voters. We’re checking back in with the folks who joined us throughout the election season for a performance review on the man they did—and didn't— cast a ballot for.
Also joining the conversation is our friend, behavioral economist Dan Ariely. Ariely will talk us through what the next 100 days should entail.
Shell-shocked Republicans are still reeling after losing one of their own to the Democratic party. After years of being wooed, Sen. Arlen Specter decided it was time to cross the aisle. Senator Specter will be appearing at a press conference with President Obama and Vice President Biden in less than two hours. For more The Takeaway talks with our Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, and Laura Vecsey, Political Reporter for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Watch Senator Specter discuss his party switch in the video below.
The Supreme Court will hear a challenge today that goes to the heart of the Voting Rights Act. This landmark piece of legislation was enacted in 1965 to prevent racial discrimination at the polls. The section of the law at the center of the case requires some states, primarily those in the South, to get federal approval before they can change any of their voting procedures. The changes that require approval from the Justice Department can be as big as a redistricting plan or as small as moving a polling place to a new location. A Texas community got approval for a move, but still decided to take their case to the Supreme Court.
When the U.S. Supreme Court hears the case today, it will be deciding the fate of a hard-fought piece of civil rights legislation. But now that we have an African American president, some say we no longer need the protections afforded by this act. Is the need to protect minorities at the polls outdated? The Takeaway talks to Ted Shaw. He’s a professor at Columbia University Law School and Of Counsel to the law firm of Fulbright and Jaworksi.
The world has found a new strain of flu, so now what? Enter the virus hunters. This pack of epidemiologists, virologists, and infectious disease experts (sounds like a fun party) are fast on the bug's tail, looking for answers that may help us control its spread. What are they trying to figure out? How long will it take to rustle up some answers? And when you're an epidemiologist chasing down a flu virus, what do you do in your lab all day? The Takeaway is joined by Dr. Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas School of Public Health and co-author of the book, Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC.
"It's a very bad idea just to go to the doctor's with a mild fever because that's the place to get infected because everybody will go there with their infected kids and their infected older people." —Dr. Susan Fisher-Hoch on the spread of swine flu